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Writing Your Own Script: The Role of the Parent in the Gifted Child’s social Development

Introduction

One of the issues with which parents of gifted children wrestle endlessly is the question of friendship. Do their children have enough friends? What’s wrong with them if they don’t? Who thinks they don’t have a lot? How many are “enough” and who decides that, anyway? Who should they be friends with? Why? Why aren’t they satisfied with the friends they have? And how can they make more—and how can they keep them?

Chpater 1: Backdrop: What should You Know About the Gifted Child

Who is the Gifted Child?

Asynchronous Development

Twice-exceptionalities

Intensity and Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities (OEs)

Psychomotor

Sensual

Imaginational

Intellectual

Emotional

Introversion and Extraversion

Unsusual Interests

Chapter 2: Setting the Scene: Understanding What Friendship Means to Gifted Children

Why is finding friends so complicated?

Developmental Stages of Friendship

The Need to Belong

Impact of Loneliness and feeling “other” on social interactions

Chapter 3: Casting: Finding the Other Players

Scoping Out the Possibilities

What does my child want?

Do I really understand or am I making assumptions?

Is what my child says he wants consistent with what I know to be his abilities and limitations? Is it consistent with societal expectations? Are there ways to make discrepancies less of an issue?

Are my child’s expectations of social interactions realistic? And how are those expectations being formed? Can I help them develop a broad and nuanced view of social interactions

Are my child’s expectations of social interactions realistic? And how are those expectations being formed? Can I help them develop a broad and nuanced view of social interactions

Where do we look for other players?

Activities, meetups, volunteerin, classes

Mentors

Overcoming Skepticism

Unbalanced Relationships

Geography: Will travel for friends

#Chapter 4: Directing: Where do Parents Fit In?

What is my role as a parent?

Have my people call your people

How does a parent know they are doing the right thing?

Peer pressure: Yours and Theirs

How much parental intervention is enough/too much?

What is “scaffolding” How is it different from helicopter parenting?

What if my child doesn’t want my help? (or resists)

#Chapter 5: Showtime: Applying What You Know

Scenarios and Troubleshooting

How Homeschooling Provides Opportunities

#Chapter 6: Reviews: Raspberries and Applause

Dealing with Critics

When you are your own worst critic

Looking at Outcomes

What do the experts have to say?

Science of Relationships

Definition of Terms

Resources (National, state, local support groups)